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Area athletes earn all-state football honors

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Linton/HMB senior quarterback Lucas Schumacher (10) leaps to make a pass as the Lions' head coach Tanner Purintun watches during their North Dakota high school 9-man football semifinal playoff game against LaMoure/Lithville Marion in LaMoure on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Lucas Schumacher is one of four Linton/Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock athletes named all-state in North Dakota high school 9-man football this season.

Voted on by the state's coaches, the 9-man honorees were announced Sunday and the Class A honorees were announced Monday. The Class AA and AAA all-state football teams are scheduled to be released on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, at 7 p.m.

Schumacher passed for 100 yards, ran for 123 more, accounted for three touchdowns and intercepted two passes on defense in Linton/HMB's 32-24 victory over Cavalier in the state 9-man championship game held at the Fargodome on Nov. 13.

A University of Jamestown men's basketball recruit, Schumacher was selected first-team all-state at quarterback and also earned 9-man senior athlete of the year honors. Teammate Trey Jacob, who broke Linton's single-season rushing record this fall, was also named to the first team.

Area 9-man first-team selections included LaMoure/Litchville-Marion's Brett Wendel (running back) and Colton Ness (tight end), Griggs County-Midkota's Hunter Gronneberg (linebacker) and Kidder County's Jonah Harter (defensive back).

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Quarterback Garret Meehl and defensive lineman Ashton Biesterfeld were both selected first-team all-state in Class A from Oakes.

The Tornadoes were forced to forfeit a state quarterfinal playoff game to eventual state champion Langdon/Edmore/Munich due to COVID-19, finishing 7-1 overall.

Lisbon reached the Class A title game but came up short to the Cardinals, 42-28. The Broncos' Hunter Schultz (quarterback), Caleb Olson (offensive lineman) and Jordan Sours (running back) were also selected first-team all-state.

N.D. 9-man

All-state

First team offense

Quarterbacks -- sr. Brannin Cleem, Cavalier, sr. Lucas Schumacher, Linton-H-M-B, sr. Sawyer Satrom, Mayville-P-C-G

Running backs -- sr. Trey Jacob, Linton-H-M-B, sr. Brett Wendel, LaMoure-Litchville-Marion, sr. Xavier Mitchell, North Prairie, sr. Payton Cauthon, Kidder County

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Tight end -- soph. Colton Ness, LaMoure-Litchville-Marion

Offensive line -- sr. Daniel Hinkle, Cavalier, sr. Caleb Nelson, Divide County

First team defense

Defensive line -- sr. Blake VanHorn, Beach, jr. Christopher Jenner, Surrey, sr. Andre LeTexier, Cavalier, sr. Jon Bogert, Grant County-Flasher

Linebackers -- sr. Noah Schroeder, Ray-Powers Lake, jr. Jaxen Johnson, North Border, sr. Preston Bohnenstingl, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood, sr. Hunter Gronneberg, Griggs County-Midkota

Defensive backs -- sr. Cy Luna, Towner-Granville-Upham, sr. Jaden Lee, North Border, sr. Jonah Harter, Kidder County

Second team

No positions designated

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Tri-State -- sr. Derick Carl, sr. Brandon Gruenwaldl Wyndmere-Lidgerwood -- jr. Tate Jerdee; LaMoure-Litchville-Marion -- soph. Garrett Hebl; May-Port-C-G -- sr. Logan Krueger; Cavalier -- soph. Jacob Steele, soph. Landon Carter; St. John -- sr. Ethan McGillis, sr. Michael Dunn; New Rockford-Sheyenne -- sr. Hunter Johnson; Ray-Powers Lake -- sr. Noah Frederickson; Divide County -- soph. Wyatt Caraballo; Surrey -- jr. Randall Polum; Towner-Granville-Upham -- sr. Cody Frounfelter; Beach -- sr. Tyson Mattern; Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter -- jr. Tucker Schneider; Grant County-Flasher -- jr. Jace Friesz; Mott-Regent -- sr. Sam Huether; Linton-H-M-B -- sr. Nathan Schatz, jr. Dean Vetter; Kidder County -- sr. Blake Pfaff, sr. Tristan Patzner

Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year

Lucas Schumacher, Linton-H-M-B

Coach of the Year

Sandy Laxdal, Cavalier

N.D. Class A

All-state

First team offense

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Quarterbacks -- sr. Garret Meehl, Oakes, sr. Simon Romfo, Langdon-Edmore-Munich, sr. Hunter Schultz, Lisbon, sr. Jersey Selzler, Velva

Running backs -- sr. Gage Florence, Velva, sr. Jordan Sours, Oakes, sr. Jaxon Feller, Minot Ryan, sr. Grant Romfo, Langdon-Edmore-Munich

Offensive line -- jr. Caleb Olson, Lisbon, sr. Alex Cluchie, Langdon-Edmore-Munich, jr. Kaden Chadwick, Velva, sr. Logan Becker, New Salem-Almont

Wide receivers -- sr. Caleb Duffield, Bowman County, sr. Logan Merck, Minot Ryan

First team defense

Defensive line -- sr. Ashton Biesterfeld, Oakes, soph. Jack Romfo, Langdon-Edmore-Munich, sr. Jerry Jesperson, Velva, sr. Tanner Soehren, Dickinson Trinity

Linebackers -- sr. Zack Anderson, Killdeer, sr. Nathaniel Jilek, Dickinson Trinity, sr. Micah Anderson, Sargent County, jr. Esgar Rios, Grafton

Defensive backs -- sr. Sam Roller, Thompson, sr. Adam Schepp, Velva, jr. Clay Heimer, Bowman County

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Second team

No positions designated

Oakes -- sr. Jacob Hankel, jr. David Schmitz; Northern Cass -- sr. Kolby Vander Wal; Harvey-Wells County -- jr. Madden Thorson, jr. Alex Erickson, jr. Carsen Mertz; Carrington -- sr. Ethan Buskness; Grafton -- sr. Justin Garza; Nedrose -- soph. Mitch Heinert; Minot Ryan -- sr. Nick Sanders, sr. Bryson Elm, jr. Josh Will; Des Lacs-Burlington -- jr. Caleb Rist; Bowman County -- sr. Brady Senn; Shiloh Christian -- sr. Josh Kolling, sr. Stephan Packineau, sr. Braiden Kuehn; Lisbon -- sr. Kolby Rasmusson, sr. Jaden Schmidt, sr. Granger Dick; Thompson -- sr. Michael Benoit; Langdon-Edmore-Munich -- soph. Carter Tetrault; Rugby -- sr. Cole Schneibel; Velva -- sr. Tristan Brewer; Killdeer -- jr. Tyler Hanson; Dickinson Trinity -- sr. Logan Bentz

Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year

Simon Romfo, Langdon-Edmore-Munich

Coach of the Year

Josh Krivarchka, Langdon-Edmore-Munich

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